Currants and gooseberries are easily distinguished by the presence or absence of thorns; gooseberries have thorns, while currants do not. Unlike gooseberries, currant plants do not have thorns. Do not plant gooseberries in low spots where frost can settle. Plant gooseberries in slightly acidic soil; a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5 is optimal. Gooseberries will tolerate slightly alkaline soil … Gooseberries are rich, sweet, and easy to care for. As they have a tantalisingly short season, there are few better ways to use a large crop of gooseberries than in a preserve. Most gooseberry plants have nasty thorns that make Currants, gooseberries and jostaberries have value both as ornamentals and fruits. pH of 6 to 6.5 is preferred. However, the skin color can vary, and gooseberries may be either white, pale green, yellow, red, purple, or even black ( 5 ). Harvest gooseberries with care to avoid their thorns Gooseberries are ready to pick from early summer onwards. Prickles are what roses have. Add to all this the disposal problem of whatever you have cut off (full of thorns), and you have a problem. I was wondering if anyone is familiar with them and what do you do with them. Be aware when planting that Gooseberries have sharp thorns, they are natures way of protecting the fruit. Thick growth helps to keep the birds away and you can be sure of pruning back to a living bud. They really produced and now I have a ton of them. But with a lot of small shops forced to close in this troubling times, those bargain plants in small boxes you see might be a good option for many, if they don't manage to acquire off the Net. Do the same after the second winter, so that the bush has six 1-year-old and six 2-year-old shoots. I've tried some gooseberries and it's taken 3 years before they have flowered and fruited on a shoot. How to Grow Gooseberries. Gooseberries can be trained as standards, in a bushy flourish of leaves atop a single stem; they can also be grown in pots. Gooseberry Growing Guide Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous Soil Rich soil with compost dug in. All ribes are long-lived perennial shrubs that are cold hardy, some to USDA Zone 2. I never tasted anything like them before, they have sort of a custard taste. If you do give the plants care and I planted some gooseberries, also called ground cherries, for the first time ever. I do it with kitchen shears, clipping as close In the early spring of the second year, you’ll want to pick five or six of the largest, most robust canes to keep in place, and prune out everything else. In a close community of compost worms and other microorganisms, kitchen Gooseberries are an established part of the produce aisle in Europe, but here in the U.S. they're still considered a re-emerging fruit crop. California currants and Gooseberries have berries that the birds love, flowers you'll love, put a few ribes in your garden. Numerous cultivated strains of currants and gooseberries have been developed by plant breeders. ‘Others, such as cooking apples, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries, have more pectin and set without any help.’ ‘In Sweden you only work 40 hours a week and there isn't a lot to do, so we used to go picking blueberries, wild strawberries, blackberries and gooseberries … They do not have fussy requirements like blueberries, don’t run like raspberries, are productive for 25 years Favorite cultivated gooseberries usually are derived from the Old World species R. uva-crispa (sometimes called R. grossularia ), which is often hybridized with the North American species R. hirtellum (often called the American or hairy-stem gooseberry, it is not native to Missouri). Sunlight Although gooseberries can tolerate some shade (4-6 hours of sunlight), they will do best when placed in full sun (6 to 8 hours). There is a space-saving alternative called worm compost. 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